Michigan Hoops coach Joanne Howard agrees 5-year extension

Michigan Hoops coach Joanne Howard agrees 5-year extension

Ann Arbor, I. Michigan basketball coach Joanne Howard and the school have agreed to a five-year contract extension through the 2025-26 season.

The announcement was made by athletic director Wardy Manuel on Tuesday night, two hours before Associated Press coach of the year leading the fourth-seeded Wolverines against Seton Hall.

“I am honored to be recognized in such a way that the university would like to continue a lasting relationship with me,” Howard said. “It was a surprise when Warda approached me, and it didn’t take long for us to come to the same page.

“I am grateful to him, our great university, and my talented youth who sacrifice every day. My love for the University of Michigan is beyond words.”

He hired Manuel Howard in May of 2019, giving the Miami Heat assistant and Michigan Fab Five member a chance to be a head coach. Howard replaced John Palin when he withdrew to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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“I couldn’t be happier for our student-athletes and fans to know that Joanne will continue to lead Michigan into the future,” said Manuel. “His brilliant personality is second to none, and he is a wonderful teammate – he has demonstrated his commitment to proactive communication and collaboration across the department.

“Joanne’s love for this university is evident in everything he does, as is the joy he feels in the accomplishments of his student-athletes,” he said.

The Wolverines have won their first two games of the season and are vying for the National Championship. They went 23-5 last season and won the Big Ten and reached the NCAA Regional Championship Final. In Howard’s early years as head coach during the 2019-20 season, he won 19 games before the pandemic ended the college basketball post-season championships.

As a player, Howard helped Michigan reach the National Championship title in 1992 and 1993. He played alongside Chris Webber, Galen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. The school later removed the Fab Five banners from the Crisler Arena and stored them in one of its libraries as part of sanctions from the NCAA financial scandal.

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The 48-year-old, who is from Chicago, played for Michigan for three seasons before Washington put him fifth overall in 1994. The two-time NBA champion with the Heat and one-time All-Star averaged 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists during his career that ended after the 2012-13 season.

Howard went into coaching after retiring as a player, starting as an assistant coach focused on player development with the Heat’s promotion to assistant coaching with one of the perks he played during his 19-year career.

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